Electrical Commissioning Specialist

Summary

A Commissioning (Cx) Specialist primarily develops and executes a commissioning plan that effectively authenticates the operation of building systems and equipment in accordance with designer plans, specifications, engineered documents and owners’ requirements.  The role also includes troubleshooting, QA/QC of engineered drawings and specification, research/investigation, field survey and report writing for tasks related to design and functionality of various system types.

The electrical designation focuses on electrical power and monitoring systems such as:

  • Life Safety Emergency Power Systems: Generators, ATS’s
  • Critical Power Systems: UPS’s, PDU’s, RPP’s
  • Electrical Distribution: Switchgear, Surge protection, Protective Relaying
  • Building Automation Systems
    • Electrical equipment monitoring
    • Lighting Controls Systems
  • Fire Alarm Systems

Typical Duties

  • Review of pre-design documentation such as an Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) or Basis of Design (BOD) narrative; documenting errors, omissions, or suggestions for improvement.
  • Maintain coordination with design team and assist in review of shop drawings that impact the Cx process.
  • Development of the project’s Cx plan including identification of all project stakeholders, organizing and leading Cx meetings and communicating roles and responsibilities throughout the Cx process.
  • Creation of the testing scripts that identify the testing procedure for each system component included in the project’s scope.
  • Coordinate and conduct commissioning test procedures including troubleshooting of electrical systems.
  • Creation of the Cx action log including communicating and tracking open items with the applicable project team member.
  • Documenting the Cx process in a comprehensive final report that summarizes the commissioning process and results.
  • Identifying and making recommendations when enhancement opportunities are discovered.
  • Provide feedback to the design staff of problems encountered during the Cx process and how to alleviate those problems in the future.
  • Assist the design staff in identifying single sources of failure for critical systems so those sources can be eliminated or minimized.
  • Review of Operation and Maintenance (O+M) manuals for completeness, accuracy and organization
  • Executing the project’s training plan in collaboration with the design engineer and Owner including documentation and tracking of training events to verify the plan is executed properly.

OTHER DUTIES

  • Providing review of engineered documents and specifications as part of the company’s QA/QC process.
  • Participate in project design, coordination, or construction meetings and report meeting discussions and results to other team members.
  • Understand and stay current with LEED requirements and how they’re used in Cx.
  • Travel locally and out of town, sometimes on limited notice, when required by the project.
  • Be able to work any hours of the day, when required by the project.
  • Be able to demonstrate experience and expertise in the systems included in the scope of work.
  • Field survey and documentation of existing systems.
  • Review of design documents at intervals ranging from pre-design to final construction documents including filling out QA/QC documentation and communicating findings to designers.
  • Assisting the design team with non-routine troubleshooting of installed systems.
  • Construction administration tasks such as:
    • Review of equipment and system submittals/shop drawings.
    • Answer formal Requests for Information (RFI’s).
    • Perform site observations with written report or punch list.

Standards

  • Promote, use and participate in the development of MCE design and production standards.
  • Promote, use and participate in the development of MCE master specifications.
  • Review drawings and documents to ensure compliance with company standards.
  • Maintain a substantial knowledge of applicable building codes and understand updates.
  • Research code issues, engaging code officials if necessary.
  • Follow, research, maintain and update client design standards.
  • Provide document reviews for quality control and coordinate peer reviews for adherence to internal and external design standards.

Communication

  • Communicate all aspects of project document completion within the company and externally with clients and other design professionals.
  • Coordinate internal team meetings and attend client design meetings.
  • Communicate to the Project Manager team staffing needs, work load, changes in scope or additional services.
  • Communicate with the project construction team to aid in clarification and reduce conflicts.
  • Be sensitive to architectural goals and strategies until they compromise the engineering systems.

Administration

  • Complete weekly time sheet.
  • Complete monthly expense reports.
  • Keep information clear and organized.
  • Assist the Project Manager in development of project proposals.
  • Develop an awareness of contracts, fee proposals, budgets, billings, staffing, scope of work and status for active projects.
  • Initiate additional service requests with the Project Manager.

Marketing

  • Interact professionally with Owners, Architects, Contractors and other design professionals through written documentation, email communication, phone calls and meetings.
  • Maintain positive work relationships both internally and externally.
  • Make technical presentations throughout the industry (Design meetings, AIA continuing education seminars, Project presentations, interviews, etc.)

Personnel & Policies

  • Present yourself professionally for the work environment in both dress and conduct.
  • Responsible as requested to complete staff performance reviews.
  • Notify the Project Manager of any personnel issues and work to help resolve them.
  • Follow all MCE Policies and Procedures.

Leadership

  • Provide mentorship, education and development to peers.
  • Act as resource for questions.

Responsibility to others

  • Responsible to communicate to both the Project Team and the Project Manager.
  • Responsible to notify the Project Manager of any recommended changes in project scope.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • 5+ years’ experience.
  • Bachelor of Science from an accredited technical University in electrical engineering OR Technical or associate degree from an accredited technical institution or college in the engineering design areas of electrical systems and demonstrated relevant experience.
  • Professional Certification is encouraged.
    • Cx certifications such as CxA or BCxA are desired but not required.
    • LEED Accreditation desired but not required.
  • Recognized expertise in commissioning building operations systems.
  • Strong skills in communication with contractors, detailed review of building automation graphics, troubleshooting equipment issues and documentation skills.
  • Be able to work as part of a team yet function independently with minimal supervision.
  • Must have a collaborative approach to resolving issues.
  • Highly proficient in:
    • The use of current technology, including hardware and software applications related to Cx and management of Cx (e.g. Office 365, Acrobat/Bluebeam, CxAlloy, and various construction management platforms such as Procore or PlanGrid).
    • The use and application of electrical test equipment such as load banks, breaker test equipment, relay test equipment, power quality meters, insulation test equipment, etc.
    • Electrical power systems.
    • Lighting control Systems desired but not required.
    • Fire alarm systems desired but not required.
    • Design and construction codes.
    • Building Automation Systems (BAS).
    • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be able to respond quickly to information requests.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be able to frequently perform strenuous physical activity including but not limited to:
    • Stand for eight or more hours at a time.
    • Move in rugged or unstable conditions, work in adverse weather.
    • Handle or feel objects, tools or controls which may not be visible.
    • Reach overhead.
    • Climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP

Contribute to Professional Growth

  • Develop interpersonal skills and contribute a positive attitude to the work environment.
  • Pursue additional relevant certifications (LEED AP, CPD, etc.).
  • Keep current on design concepts through review of periodicals and continuing education (internally and externally).
  • Acquire 12 Personal Development Hours (PDH) pertaining to your discipline per year. Utilize this information to educate and train others within the company.

Personal Leadership

  • Inspire, motivate and coordinate within a Project Team.
  • Contribute to content and participate in internal design meetings.
  • Participate in technical and professional societies.
  • Provide technical guidance to project teams and mentorship to individuals.